(Helen Major Laim, Head of the United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti)Pinouh) , He said Security Council – The videoconference – the polarization that defined most of President Juvenil Moss’s tenure in office has become more acute, with shrinking civic space and growing acute food insecurity.
Haiti has been in the grip of a renewed crisis since parliament stopped functioning in January 2020, which left the president to delay elections and rule by decree. In response, large crowds took to the streets, echoing opposition demands that Mr. Moyes step down.
Elections are inevitable
“Only democratic renewal, resulting from the holding of swift, credible, transparent and participatory elections, can provide Haiti with an opportunity to overcome its protracted political crisis,” said Ms. Laim.
This, in turn, will allow Haitian society and leaders to focus their attention on undertaking the administrative and economic reforms needed to get the country back on the path of sustainable development, she added.
President Moss, joining the meeting from Port-au-Prince, defended his administration, saying it wasn’t just confronting Covid-19 A pandemic, but also the “corrupt oligarchy” and “violent radical opposition” that has repeatedly attempted a coup.
“This chaos policy means that the government has to take off the gloves,” he said, adding that the parliamentary elections that were originally supposed to take place in October 2019 will take place in September.
Mr. Moise, 52, says his term ends in 2022, five years after taking office. But his opponents, citing the constitution, claim his tenure began when elections were held in 2016 – and it is now time for him to step down, according to news reports.
Note the opposition
Mrs. Lime, makes a presentation to the Secretary-General Latest report On Haiti, it reported that the opposition had not succeeded in mobilizing significant popular support in its campaign to topple the President.
But it noted that a host of presidential decrees have prompted judges to strike and threaten civic space with a very broad definition of terrorism – and that’s at a time when an estimated 4.4 million Haitians will need humanitarian assistance this year.
Against this fluid backdrop, preparations for this year’s elections – and the referendum on the constitution – are moving forward. But she warned that much remained to be done, and that the vote might be delayed due to a lack of international funding.
“Above all, a minimal consensus among the concerned political stakeholders would greatly contribute to creating an environment conducive to the holding of the referendum on the constitution and subsequent elections,” she said, adding that the United Nations is ready to help.
Amal amid discord
Also gave a briefing to the board today, Vivien Rock, 23, of Blorelis, a youth environmental feminist group, described a Haiti dominated by chaos, banditry and gang violence – but she also hopes things still take a turn for the better.
“The young woman in front of you today is angry at the winds of insecurity sweeping her country,” she said, offering the 15-member body several recommendations – including cracking down on arms and drug smuggling, and establishing contact centers for victims of domestic violence.